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Fixations & Points, Snags and Windings
Fixations (14) - John Butcher solo
Points, Snags and Windings
John Butcher & Dylan van der Schyff
Fixations (14) features material live from 1997 to 2000 on which John Butcher plays soprano and tenor saxes unaccompanied. Some of the pieces on the album, though improvised, resemble studies, in that various musical elements are stressed in them, like a particular extended technique or method of developing a line. Butcher's a skilled, original and creative artist who has developed a unique vocabulary of colors and textures. All of the tracks here have interesting aspects. Some, such as "Third Bottle" and "Last Bottle" have him combining unusual timbres and methods of construction.